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Nice lunch place between Milford and NYC

Miss Needle Jun 24, 2011 07:57 AM

Looking for a unique place to stop by for lunch between Milford and NYC. Ideally would like to find something that is difficult to find in my hometown (NYC). Was considering CT-style lobster rolls (though we have Red Hook Lobster now) in a beautiful seaside setting -- though it seems like the best places are east of New Haven. Any ideas?

I should mention that it needs to be open July 4.


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    crashpam Jun 24, 2011 11:12 AM

    Rowayton seafood is a great place to stop. http://www.rowaytonseafood.com/home.html
    Probably a bit closer to Milfod than NYC but headed in the right direction. Delicious!

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    1. re: crashpam
      temilove Jun 25, 2011 05:38 AM

      Actually, now that I think about it.. Paradise Grill in Stamford, CT. has a lovely outside dining deck over the water ( make a resv. ) they should have what you want, and the food is very good.

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        missmar79 Jul 6, 2011 01:47 PM

        im very sorry to negate your reply because i am sure you are trying to be h elpful but paradise has some of the worst food in ffld county. yes the view is nice but the food is absolutely terrible. i would not recommend that place for its food to my worst enemy. im sorry again but i just had to mention it.

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      temilove Jun 25, 2011 05:32 AM

      Sorry, There are MANY wonderful lunch places in CT,. in the locations you want,....but for GREAT lobster rolls, no way! You must go further north to Clinton, CT. ( way out of your way! ) What else do you like to eat, and I can tell you where to go?...

      1. Miss Needle Jun 29, 2011 07:53 PM

        Thanks for the responses. To clarify, I'm not looking for a lobster roll in particular. I'm open to all cuisines and all price points and looking for things that I can't find as easily in NYC. Waterside dining isn't very common where I am, which is why I mentioned it above. But if the food isn't good, the most beautiful setting is not worth it.

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        1. re: Miss Needle
          sibeats Jun 29, 2011 08:53 PM

          Splash in Westport has a beautiful waterside setting...not sure if they are open on the 4th...but fun food, nice spot...and if you go, make sure to have the crackling calamari salad!

          1. re: sibeats
            missmar79 Jul 6, 2011 01:49 PM

            spalsh is a great place, agreed- also if you want to splurge- l'escale in greenwich has a nice patio overlooking the water.

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          Jadelise Jul 1, 2011 09:01 AM

          Harbor Lights in Norwalk has a beautiful, marina setting and very good seafood, including raw bar, as well as some great Greek/Med inspired dishes.

          Harbor Lights
          84 Seaview Ave, Norwalk, CT 06855

          1. Miss Needle Jul 5, 2011 04:49 PM

            Many thanks for your help. We ended up going to Splash in Westport. Lucky we made a relatively early reservation for lunch as we got the last waterside table. We had:

            calamari salad -- probably the best item we had
            spring rolls -- a bit greasy but still good
            crab cake -- DH liked this one a lot but I thought there was too much filler
            tuna tartare -- taste was good, but the color was kind of grey; guess that beats the dye many places put in their tuna

            I know a lot of people complain about the service here, but I thought it was perfectly fine. And I thought the prices were pretty reasonable considering this is a waterfront property (or maybe I'm used to paying jacked up NYC prices).

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